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The Getty Alchemy Collection

Materials from the Research Library, Getty Research Institute located in Los Angeles, CA.

The Getty Alchemy Collection includes books from the sixteenth to the nineteenth centuries dealing with the art and science of alchemy. Its core is formed by the Manly Palmer Hall collection, acquired in 1995 from the estate of the Los Angeles theosophist, who founded the Philosophical Research Society in Los Feliz. Originally acquired for its contribution to the history of visual symbolism, alchemy is now also recognized as the key to the history of materiality in the arts.

In addition to their influential allegorical and fantastic imagery, Alchemical texts record recipes and techniques for applications across the visual arts, including pigments, dyes, metal-alloys, and effects in glass, as well as the acidic washes of etching and lithography. Alchemy, called “the great art” in Medieval Europe, also speaks to essential ideas about human creativity and the relationship between Art and Nature which have infused the history of art from antiquity to the present day.


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By Arthur Dee. Published in Latin at Basle, 1629. Translated into English by Elias Ashmole under the anagram of James Hasolle. See Hogart
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"Commentatio de pharmaco catholico ..." (2nd and 3rd sequences of pagination) by Monte-Snyder; cf. Yale, Alchemy
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Title on leaf [10] recto. Leaf [1] recto has title for introd.: Introductorium magne artis generalis reuerendissumi doctoris illuminati magistri Raymundi Lullij ad omnes scientias vtilissimum
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Topics: Philosophy, Medieval, Theology, Numerology
Signatures: A B-L
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Topics: Magic, Occultism
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May 31, 2016 Rosencreutz, Christian; Foxcroft, E
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Die chymische Hochzeit first appeared in 1616; see Hogart
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Topic: Rosicrucians
Hogart, R. Alchemy
Topic: Alchemy
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- Böhme, Jakob, 1575-1624; Gichtel, Johann Georg, 1638-1710; Walther, Balthasar, 1586-1640
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Each pt. has special t.p., as do the 8 Büchlein comprising pt. IX
Topics: Mysticism, Theology
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Vol. 3-4 have publisher: Printed for G. Robinson in Pater-noster Row
Topics: Mysticism, Theology
Hogart, R. Alchemy
Topic: Alchemy
British Library catalog gives place: Amsterdam (Nuremberg)
Topic: Rosicrucians
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Preface signed: Wzl
Topic: Rosicrucians
"Ad lectorem" (p. [3]) signed: I.I.H.M.D
Topic: Alchemy
Signatures: A-F(-F8)
Topics: Rosicrucians, Occultism
Irenaeus Agnostus is a pseudonym of Friedrich Grick. See Hogart, BM, BSB-AK
Topics: Mundus, S, Roscrucians
Signatures: A B
Topic: Tartaric acid
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- Rosencreutz, Christian
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Colophon, p. 143: Strassburg : Bey Conrad Scher, Im Jahr 1616
Topics: Rosicrucians, Utopias, Utopias, Alchemy
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Dedication signed: Ioh. Valentinus Andreae (p. [9], 1st sequence of pagination)
Topic: Christian life
T.p. with engraved border, signed: Balth. Schro. f. Engraved port. of author, p. [12] (1st sequence). T.p.'s for "days" 2-6, into which the work is divided, have engraved vignettes
Topics: Science, Natural history
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- Thor., George; Thor., George. Zoroaster's cave; Pontanus, Johannes Isacius, 1571-1639. Epistola de lapide philosophorum
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1st published as Cheiragogia heliana, a manuduction to the philosopher's magical gold (London : Humphrey Moseley, 1659); that title is the caption title on p. 1 of the present ed. Cf. Hogart
Topic: Alchemy
Second ed. First ed. published by Bauche, 1758; cf. Hogart
Topics: Alchemy, Mythology, Greek, Mythology, Egyptian, Trojans
Signatures: * A-Y Z
Topics: Medicine, Abnormalities, Human, Alchemy
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- Andreä, Johann Valentin, 1586-1654
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Printer's device on t.p.; headpieces, initials
Topics: Utopias, Utopias
Published anonymously. Author's name appears in later ed., published: London : W. Tait, 1918
Topics: Alchemy, Occultism
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- Böhme, Jakob, 1575-1624; Gichtel, Johann Georg, 1638-1710; Walther, Balthasar, 1586-1640
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Each pt. has special t.p., as do the 8 Büchlein comprising pt. IX
Topics: Mysticism, Theology
Actual publication date 1651; see BM, ESTC
Topic: Alchemy
First ed. See Hogart
Topics: Precious stones, Precious stones
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- Cooper, William, fl. 1668-1688; Helvetius, Johann Friedrich, d. 1709. Vitulus aureus, quem mundus adorat & orat. English; Glauber, Johann Rudolf, 1604-1670. Novum lumen chimicum. English
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In contrast to the 1673 ed., the present ed. includes a 2nd and 3rd pt. to the Catalogue of chymical books, together with an errata list for the 1st pt. (p. [14], last sequence of pagination) and a general t.p. for all 3 pts. The imprint on this general t.p. reads: Collected by Will. Cooper, Bookseller ... London, Printed in the year 1675. See BM
Topics: Alchemy, Alchemy, Chemistry
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Signatures: A a B-O P 2A-2D 2E (Leaves A3,5 signed A2,4)
Topics: Paracelsus, 1493-1541, Philosophy, Medieval, Medicine, Magic, mystic, and spagiric
Pretiosa margarita novella, the main treatise in this collection, is most often ascribed to Pietro Antonio Boni. See Hogart
Topic: Alchemy
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- Bernard, of Trevisan; Zacaire, Denis, 1510-1556. Opusculum philosophiae naturalis metallorum; Flamel, Nicolas, d. 1418; Dorn, Gerhard, 16th cent
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Includes also annotations by N. Flamel: p. 117-198
Topic: Alchemy
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- Fludd, Robert, 1574-1637; Birkholz, Adam Michael, 1746-1818
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Translator's introd. signed: AdaM Birchwood. X. (i.e Adam Michael Birkholz)
Topic: Rosicrucians
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- Andreä, Johann Valentin, 1586-1654; Buna, C., 17th cent
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422 letters on various topics from the period 1643-1649 between Andreä, and Rudolf August, Anton Ulrich, and Ferdinand Albrecht, Dukes of Brunswick and Lüneburg, as well as some others
Topics: Andreä, Johann Valentin, 1586-1654, Rudolf August, Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg, 1627-1704,...
Includes 4 engraved plates depicting alchemical apparatus
Topics: Antimony, Antimony, Alchemy
Errata, p. [6]
Topic: Occultism
Binding: old vellum over pasteboard. Spine title tooled in gold: Theophrast. Paracels. / Opera / tom. I (... II). Back strip of v. 1 detached
Topics: Medicine, Medicine, Magic, mystic, and spagiric, Occultism, Magic
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- Merian, Matthaeus, 1593-1650, engraver; Grossschedel von Aicha, Johann Baptist, author; Brahe, Tycho, 1546-1601, printer
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Three sheets joined on linen mount
Topics: Alchemy, Zodiac, Magic
The t.p. may imply that the author, otherwise anonymous, is represented by the coat of arms in plate 1. However, the dedication to Johann Remmelin (1583-1632) is signed "Stephan Michelspacher aus Tiroll," and the Brit. Mus. catalog has Michelspacher as author
Topic: Alchemy
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- Bernard, of Trevisan; Tancke, Joachim, 1557-1609; Horn, Caspar, 1583-1653; Beyer, Albertus; Alanus, de Insulis, d. 1202
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Engraved frontispiece has 4 allegorical images
Topic: Alchemy
Binding: sprinkled calf; blind tooled fillets along edges of boards; gilt label on spine; edges stained red
Topic: Alchemy
Final page blank
Topics: Erastus, Thomas, 1524-1583, Alchemy
Final leaf blank
Topic: Alchemy
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- Porta, Giambattista della, approximately 1535-1615, author; Lauro, Giacomo, active 17th century, engraver; Stamparia Camerale, printer
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nding: marlbled boards; red morocco label with gilt title on spine; label of B.E.J. Pagel on front pastedown and his initials on title page
Topics: Alchemy, Distillation, Essences and essential oils, Chemistry, Distillation apparatus, Alchemy,...
Errata: p. [10] at end
Topics: Chemistry, Alchemy
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- Salmon, William, 1644-1713; Hermes, Trismegistus. De lapidis philosophici secreto. English; Jabir ibn Hayyan. Summa perfectionis. English; Artephius. Liber secretus artis occultae. English; Flamel, Nicolas, d. 1418. Figures hierogliphiques. English; Bacon, Roger, 1214?-1294. Radix mundi. English; Bacon, Roger, 1214?-1294. Speculum alchemiae. English; Ripley, George, d. 1490? Medulla alchimiae. English; Khalid ibn Yazid al-Umawi, 7th cent. Secreta alchymiae. English
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First section of Book 1 contains receipts and advice on treating diseases. The remainder of the work consists of translated alchemical treatises. See Hogart
Topics: Alchemy, Medicine
Errata, p. 124
Topic: Alchemy
T.p. in red and black
Topic: Alchemy
The present publication represents part of a work not published in full until 1735. Cf. Yale, Alchemy
Topics: Alchemy, Magic, Cabala, Theology
The compilation Aureum vellus, including works by Trimosin and others, was first published in 1598 (Tractatus I-III) and 1604 (Tractatus IV-V); cf. Sudhoff. The present work is a reissue of a 1602 French translation (with additions by the translator) of the 1st part of Tractatus III, entitled Splendor solis; cf. Hogart. Some copies, otherwise identical, have the date 1613; cf. Brunet, NUC
Topic: Alchemy
Advertisements on p. [3-6] at end
Topic: Alchemy
Apart from those by Basil Valentine, the texts are German versions of Latin texts published in Musaeum hermeticum (1625); cf. Hogart
Topic: Alchemy
Place and publisher from Hogart
Topics: Jesuits, Rosicrucians
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- Ashmole, Elias, 1617-1692; Everard, John, 1575?-1650?
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Marginal notes by John Everard; see p. [5]
Topic: Alchemy
Vols. 1-2 paged continuously
Topics: Heydon, John, b. 1629, Rosicrucians, Occultism, Alchemy, Medicine, Magic, mystic, and spagiric
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- Vaughan, Thomas, 1622-1666
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Eugenius Philalethes is Thomas Vaughan's pseudonym
Topics: Alchemy, Rosicrucians, Magic, Occultism
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- Rouillé, Guillaume, 1518?-1589, printer
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NLM 16th cent
Topic: Pharmacy
The 4 books are followed by: Levini Lemnii medici Zirizaei Paraenesis, sive, Exhortatio ad vitam optimè instituendam ..
Topics: Medicine, Medicine, Magic, mystic, and spagiric, Occultism
Library's copy bound after and shelved with: Fama fraternitatis. Danzig : A. Hünefeldt, 1615 (SPECIAL 1380-915)
Topic: Calvinism
Titlepage in red and black, engraved title-vignette, headpieces, tailpiece, initials
Topics: Sulfur, Chemistry
At head of title: D.O.M.A
Topics: Guibert, Nicolas, ca. 1547-ca. 1620, Scheunemann, Henning, Alchemy
Hogart, R. Alchemy
Topics: Gold, Medicine, Magic, mystic, and spagiric
Library's copy heavily annotated in the margins; three ink signatures on title page, two of them crossed out
Topic: Minerals
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Apparently first appeared with Basil Valentine's Les douze clefs de philosophie and l'Azoth in Paris ed. of 1624. Cf. Yale, Alchemy
Topic: Alchemy
Signed at end of text, D3v: Irenaeus Agnostus C.W. ejusdem Fraternitatis per Germaniam indignus notarius (i.e. Friedrich Glick; see BSB-AK 1500-1840)
Topic: Rosicrucians
Medicina diastatica originally published in Latin (Jena, 1629)
Topics: Medicine, Medicine, Magic, mystic, and spagiric
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Signatures: ãeA-K¹²L
Topic: Alchemy
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Pages 26-27, 30-31, 34-35, 37-39 incorrectly numbered 12, 9, 8, 21, 20, 17, 27, 16, 25, respectively
Topic: Alchemy
By J.V. Andreä; see Faber du Faur
Topics: Rosicrucians, Pansophy
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- Libavius, Andreas, -1616; Libavius, Andreas, -1616. Appendix necessaria Syntagmatis arcanorum chymicorum; Libavius, Andreas, -1616. Analysis confessionis Fraternitatis de rosea cruce
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Library's copy bound after: Appendix necessaria Syntagmatis arcanorum chymicorum / Andreae Libavii. Francofvrti : Excudebat Nicolaus Hoffmannus : Impensis Petri Kopffij, 1615 (SPECIAL FOLIO 1378-551)
Topics: Hartmann, Johann, 1568-1631, Paracelsus, 1493-1541, Croll, Oswald, approximately 1560-1609,...
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- Khunrath, Heinrich, 1560-1605; Müller, Heinrich, fl. 1783
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"Wegen seiner überaus grossen Seltenheit nach der dritten im Jahr 1615 zu Magdeburg im Verlag des Verfassers gedruckten Ausgabe aufs neue von den deutschen Sprachfehlern ohne Verletzung des Sinnes gesäubert, und mit einem historischen Vorberichte von seinen sämmtlichen Schriften, nebst dem in Kupfer gestochenen Athanor auf Begehren herausgegeben."
Topic: Alchemy
Added engraved t.p. with 7 marginal allegorical images and a port. of the author. It is signed: DF(?)
Topic: Alchemy
Each treatise has special t.p. All are dated 1683 except the last, The tomb of Semiramis, which is dated 1684 like the main t.p. The first treatise also has an added t.p. in Latin, and text in English and Latin on opposite pages
Topic: Alchemy
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- Salmon, William, 1644-1713; Fabre, Pierre-Jean, d. ca. 1650; A. and J. Churchill (Booksellers : London, England); Nicholson, John, d. ca. 1717
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Pages 225-300 lacking in pagination
Topics: Art, Portrait painting, Medicine, Palmistry, Alchemy
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Section 2 has special t.p
Topics: Biblical cosmology, Cosmology, Occultism
In 5 parts and 4 addition sections, each with special t.p
Topics: Alchemy, Medicine
Each pt. has special t.p
Topics: Mysticism, Theology, Christian life